Drusillas Zoo Park
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|Location||near Alfriston, East Sussex|
|Land area||10 acres (4.0 ha)|
|Number of animals||1638|
|Number of species||196|
The zoo is home to both wild and domestic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many hands-on activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups, an indoor soft play centre, and a Thomas & Friends train that runs daily. There are also cafes, shops, and a restaurant.
Animals and Attractions
The zoo has gradually increased the number of animal exhibits, but still maintains a policy of only having smaller animals. The zoo keeps a range of primates including crested black macaques, Brown Capuchin monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, and Lar gibbons. Other residents include servals, African crested porcupines, Rodrigues fruit bats, Asian short claw otters, llamas, Humboldt penguins, parrots, and flamingos. Other exhibits include Pet World, Lemurland, a small farmyard, and a walk-through lorikeet aviary where you can feed nectar to the birds.
The 'Zoolympics challenge' lets children compare their abilities (to drag, hang on, jump, shout, run, and hold their breath) against a variety of animals, and record them in a booklet given free at the entrance. Children can also get 'stamp books' to stamp using tick shaped stamps found around the enclosures.
The adventure play area has swings, slides, and climbing walls, and has been separated into Go Bananas! for children under six and Go Wild! for older children. The indoor soft play centre includes a cafe selling drinks and snacks. An interactive maze, Eden's Eye, lets children discover different worlds, as helped along by a series of clues and mythical creatures.
Thomas & Friends
A Thomas passenger train offers daily rides from Tidmouth Hault, and travels through the llama paddock,. As well as Thomas, Annie and Clarabel visitors can also see James in the engine shed, Cranky at the Sodor dockyard, and Diesel, Bulgy, and the Fat Controller around the track.
Drusillas Park has also completed a deal with Japanese company Sanrio to launch Hello Kitty Secret Garden in Spring 2014 - the first Hello Kitty permanent attraction in Europe.
The new attraction will have an English garden setting and include three rides: a Hello Kitty car ride, a tea cup ride and a “reach for the sky” hopper ride. A Hello Kitty bedroom and beauty parlour, as well as regular meet and greet event days over holiday periods, will also be included in the project.
Awards & Accolades
Drusillas won the Tourism South East Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2010 -2011
Drusillas was rated the number two attraction in the UK by The Times in February 2010
Drusillas was recommended by The Guardian in their article 'Things to do with the Kids' in March 2010
Drusillas won the Sussex Business Awards 'Business of the Year' and 'Best Customer Service' in 2009 - 2010
Drusillas was voted 'Best Day Out in East Sussex' by Sovereign Radio and Arrow FM listeners in 2008